The Fanwood Cultural Arts Performance Series takes place at the Patricia M. Kuran Cultural Arts Center also known
as "The Old Carriage House". The Arts Center faces Watson Road; however, it is part of the Fanwood Borough Hall property
and the actual address is 75 North Martine Avenue, Fanwood, NJ 07023. Please go to our Directions page for in depth directions, maps and photos at:
(accompanied by Adrian Moring on bass and Jim Ridl on Piano.)
Born and raised in Scotch Plains, NJ, Jon was given his first set of drums at the age of 3 thanks to the encouragement and support of his family.
Growing up he can remember being propped up at the kitchen table, barley able to hold sticks, banging around with his grandfather and uncle.
As a child he was self taught with the help of the cds he stole from his mother and father’s collection. He continued his musical interests
with the aid of his public school district’s music program from elementary through high school. It was then that his interest in classical,
jazz, and world music grew. He received his B.M. in Jazz Performance from NJCU in 2011 and his M.M. in Jazz studies from
William Paterson University in 2013.
Jon released his debut recording Patience in 2012 featuring Joe Magnarelli, Rich Perry, Adrian Moring, Billy Test, and Jeremy Fratti.
His second record under Third Freedom Music, titled Yellow Petals, was released in March of 2014 featuring Di Fiore's compositions with
Adrian Moring and Billy Test. He has been very fortunate to perform and record with some of the most sought after musicians in NYC
including Bucky Pitzarelli, Steve LaSpina, Steve Davis, Scott Robinson, PJ Rasmussen, Jim Ridl, Mark Soskin, and Dean Johnson to
name a few, as well as international artist like Jorge Armani from Argentina.
Jon also freelances as a percussionist making his Lincoln Center debut at Avery Fisher Hall performing with the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
in May of 2011, and performing the 07 and 08 seasons with the New Jersey Metropolitan Orchestra. In 2010 he was honored to perform as a
featured soloist at the Percussive Arts Society’s New Jersey Day of Percussion. In 2009 Jon was awarded the Thomas H. Kean Award for
Performance from the New Jersey Arts Foundation.
Jon is currently an Adjunct Professor of Music at Essex County College and an instructor of drums and percussion at Serrano’s Music Academy
in Belleville, NJ. Jon is available for private lessons and clinics. Please inquire via firstname.lastname@example.org
Our balance of our spring performance series will take place the second Saturday, of May and June, at 7PM, at the Patricia Kuran Cultural Arts Center.
Stay tuned for more specifics about upcoming themes and artists...
As usual we will be offering refreshments for sale, during the intermissions. We ussually make some home made cookies, have a variety of chips, and
various other finger foods donated by our volunteers and regular attendees. (Please feel free to bring along something for our intermission food table!)
Snapple has generously donated beverages for our intermission. They have also donated a new tent to cover the food tables, and 2 great new coolers on wheels to keep
the beverages that they are donating cold.
Nicks Deli (formerly South Martine Avenue Deli) will be adding some of their favorite appetizers and pizza samples to our intermission food table. They
are famous for thier New York Style large slices and delicious garlic knots....
Mara's Cafe will be adding their excellent baked treats to our ussual home made cookies etc.... Mara's grinds their own coffee beans, offers authentic
Italian Gelato, and a huge assortment of pastries, cookies, and delicious canolis. They will be featuring live music of thier own on Wednesday nights!
Experience great performances in a historic setting right in your own back yard! Suggested donation is $10, $5 for seniors and students.
This program is made possible in part by a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.